UPDATE 3/31/14: I rescind my earlier comment about spring coming/being here. Obviously I am delusional as there’s currently a solid inch of snow on my front steps…
Oh Foss Hill. You beacon of all the best non-class-related times at Wesleyan. I have been eagerly awaiting your repopulation. But waiting no more. Spring is finally coming/here, folks! I tested out the hill last Thursday afternoon and– though soggy– Foss and us have made it through that dastardly winter. Spring is here and so is a green Foss and I’m feeling nostalgic.
Foss Hill is THE institution around here.The most beloved. The most consistent. The actual center of student life. So, in celebration of Foss, here’s a post lauding favorite Foss Hill Times. AFTER THE JUMP.
“So play your favorite cover song, especially if the words are wrong
‘Cause even if your grades are bad, it doesn’t mean you’re failing”
After a mysterious week or so of trying to guess exactly what this Humanity Festival was all about— between the unexplained promotions, the flyers, and the recruitment — the one constant was the promised presence of Amanda Palmer ’98. And, combined with the excellent organizing efforts of Raechel Rosen ’15, that was more than enough to draw a huge crowd onto Foss Hill this past Saturday afternoon for the “one-day musical celebration in solidarity against bigotry, racism, and social divisions within a community.”
After performances by Don Minott, a group comprised of Jess Best ’14, Mel Hsu ’13, and Sam Friedman ’13, Siren, and Oz Rhys Langston & Izzy, Palmer finally arrived, unaccompanied except for her ukulele. After releasing Theatre is Evil this past year, Palmer booked herself for a large slew of international shows with her new backing band, The Grand Theft Orchestra. Here, though, was more like a large scale, heavily-planned ninja gig. Like her impromptu performance in 2011 at Eclectic, her appearance at the Humanity Festival was an intimate affair, despite the large crowd. Her stage was just a few carpets on the grass, a monitor, some speakers, and a stool. Her orchestra was that beaten-up ukulele.
Some commentary, some more photographs, and a high-quality recording of the entire performance (!) after the jump.
If you’re a senior and you’re reading this: you’re too drunk or too tired to read this (or both). Go to bed. Otherwise, check out this big thingamajig that Raechel Rosen ’15 has put together, apparently with some inspiration from Dar Williams ’89:
Humanity Festival is a one-day musical celebration in solidarity
against bigotry, racism, and social divisions within a community.
Foss Hill. Saturday. 3:00 pm. Come dance,sing, discuss, and smile
- Amanda Palmer
- Don Minott (with Wesleyan student accompaniment including Matt
- Chillton, Leo Grossman, Zach Kantor, Angus Macdonald, and Jacob Masters)
- Jess Best, Mel Hsu & Sam Friedman
- Oz, Rhys Langston, & Izzy
Along with many talented spoken word artists. There will be time
between sets, called SOAP BOX, for members of the audience to say
their piece about the divisions present in the Wesleyan and greater
Sponsored by Gibson Guitars and the 1Love foundation.
Date: Tomorrow, April 13th
Time: 3 PM
Place: Foss Hill
Did we mention that Amanda Palmer ’98 is coming on Saturday? Raechel Rosen ’15 wants to take you on a flyering adventure down the rabbit hole:
The Humanity Festival is this Saturday and we want to engage as many Middletown residents as possible. So come meet at at the UOC tomorrow at 4:00 PM to flyer with us and Vittorio Lancia! Get some sunshine (or rain) while engaging with your neighbors down the hill. Humanity Festival is a one-day musical celebration in solidarity against bigotry, racism, and social divisions within a community.The Wesleyan Humanity Festival will take place on April 13th, 2013 on the bottom of Foss Hill and intends to bring all members of the Wesleyan and greater Middletown community together through music, art, and spoken word. Bands include:
- AMANDA PALMER ’98
- DON MINOTT
- JESS BEST MEL HSU & SAM FRIEDMAN
- OZ RHYS LANGSTON & IZZY